Congrats once again to our friends at Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom, who celebrated their 10th anniversary this past weekend. Peaks and Pints made our way down to Hood River, Oregon and were treated to a double dose of special tappings shared with the brewery’s employees, friends from around the industry and plenty of thirsty, craft beer fans.
After a lively Friday night bottle share we loaded up on the brewery’s freakin’ delicious pizza and hit the celebration bright and early Saturday. The bottling room served as the “Brewer’s Lounge,” where for a few dollars more — and the cover charge was only a few dollars — we drank 2013-15 vertical of Double Mountain Devil’s Kriek Flanders Red Ale, a firkin of Gypsy Stumper IPA dry-hopped with Amarillo, Killer Brass Fresh Hop Dangerous Blonder Ale and bourbon barrel aged versions of the brewery’s anniversary ales Two, Five, Seven, Nine and this year’s Tenacious 10 Imperial Rye Oatmeal Stout. We inserted pints of Double Mountains Sweet Jane IPA and Kerosene Hat Pale Ale during the celebration, which went late into the evening.
You see no one goes home early for a Double Mountain anniversary party. Yes, the craft beer is amazing, and so is the food. The staff goes above and beyond to make it a fun, all-day and all-night shindig, with owner Matt Swihart rubbing shoulder to shoulder with, well, everyone. Great reasons to hang from the door opening to the lights out.
Then, there’s the live music. With more beers named after musicians and albums then many breweries have total beers, Double Mountain’s loves of music is evident — from the staff member picking up liter with headphones on the morning after to Swihart playing banjo with the Greenneck Daredevils during the early evening. Double Mountain brewer Matt Coughlin performed several times during the day, including his own namesake band. Around 8:30 p.m., everyone hooks up with another beer and waits for the big announcement. Hands are held. Rumors fly. Bladders are on hold. No one leaves until they at least here the yearly surprise band’s name announced. And, when Swihart uttered “Welcome Cracker!” the room exploded. An amazing set, indeed.
Congrats again, Double Mountain. Thanks for the killer party. Can’t wait until next year when you take it to an 11.